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Craving Perfection Nobody knew I would eat enough for four go to the washroom after every meal or starve for three days straight For ten years nobody knew I had a problem with foodI fooled everybody Nobody knew not even me that my eating disorder was never about food I had been feeding myself love safety security and strength I could conquer the world be anybody d anything when I was eating When I felt I was loosing control of my eating I starved and immediately I regained control This statement comes from Sheila Mather author of Leaving Food Behind In this autobiographical book she discusses her long battle with eating disorders Eating disorders affect many people throughout the world Unfortunately anorexia is on the up rise in our society In the United States there are at least 8000000 victims Upsettingly six to eight percent of these cases die A whopping 90 of anorexics are women although the percentage of males with eating disorders is increasing This topic is not to be taken lightly people are starving themselves to perfection Anorexia Nervosa as defined in The American College Dictionary is a disorder usually occurring in teenage women characterized by a fear of obesity a distorted self-image an aversion to food and severe weight loss However this disease impacts a person in many more ways than what is defined It is both an emotional and physical disease It is an obsession that usually begins as a diet to loose a few pounds For many victims it is an issue of control Anorexia Nervosa usually strikes those who have problems with friends or family They blame themselves if they dont get perfect grades or if other things in their life are not perfect People with anorexia believe they would be happier and more successful if they were thin They feel that controlling what they eat they compensate for other issues that are not in their
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